• Oct 8, 2006

The Sultan of Brunei is our kind of monarch, having spent considerable sums of money from his country's vast oil revenues on his extensive car collection. Stories are told of special cars made just for him by the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG. The extent of his personal garage has remained a secret for years, but as details have been emerging recently we bring you this shining example: a special Jaguar XJ220, customized for his royal highness by Pininfarina.

During the XJ220's heyday in the mid-90's, it was one of the fastest cars on the road: the XJ220 hit 60 in 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of over 212 mph, motivated by a 550-hp twin-turbo V6. At nearly five meters long, though, the XJ220 was an absolute boat of a supercar, so Pininfarina crafted a shorter body for the sultan's car, which also helped it shed a few pounds off its 3025-lb curb weight. Pininfarina also replaced the pop-up headlamps with fixed units, and affixed a double-vane rear wing. Curiously, while the wheels are usually the first to go when customizing a car, the sultan's specials usually retain their rolling stock, making it easier for drooling car nuts like us to identify their roots. You can bet it underwent extensive wind-tunnel testing and development, much like the famous Italian design house did for its latest custom supercar, the Ferrari P4/5.

We don't know much else about the XJ220, but you can bet he paid a few million, and probably ordered at least two. Other custom rides in the royal motor-pool include the Ferrari FX based on the F512M, the Venice Estate station wagon based on the Ferrari 456GT, the Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale, several custom Aston Martins, the Bentley Dominator SUV, and road-going copies of the Pininfarina Mythos and Bentley Java concept cars, not to mention a host of "ordinary" supercars including eight McLaren F1s, six Dauer 962 LMs, a unique right-hand-drive Mercedes CLK-GTR, and dozens of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches. With a garage like this, who needs a flying carpet?

Click here for the full jaw-dropping list of the Sultan's complete 5000-car collection.

[Source: Supercars.net via Jalopnik]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      This car was not built for His Majesty but for His Majesty's brother, Prince Jefri Bolkiah. The order was for 3 cars, one was delivered in Brunei and got on fire while being stupidly driving by British Russel Spence.
      The other two cars were never delivered and are still available to any customer who would be willing to pay for it to be assembled. The cars are with Pininfarina and from two only one can be completed.
      The vast collection is now abandoned, since Prince Jefri was the "super spender"...
      • 8 Years Ago
      What do you want to bed that the owner of all of those cars is a miserable, paranoid, neurotic soul? If he were truly a happy, satisfied, contented human being, I would be very surprised.

      Gorgeous lines here, though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow 8 mclaren F1s. what an unbelievable collection. i wonder how many veyrons he ordered.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, you know what car this reminds me of at first glance? A last gen Camaro :P
      • 8 Years Ago
      This might be a better link. Me curious, why do they call it a secret garage? I mean the country knows he has so many so why is it such a secret?

      http://www.motorauthority.com/news/news/the-sultan-and-his-5000-cars/
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder how many hours will he drives those cars.
      Why don't we have his money to order few supercars ?

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      • 8 Years Ago
      This is what happens when you have too much money. I envy them. haha!
      • 8 Years Ago
      No thanks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you'd ever been there, you'd know there's plenty of poor people. jackoff
      • 8 Years Ago
      Steve, your comment is what sounds childish. Like a little, envious - and shameless promoting - 8 y.o. kid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      3025-lb curb weight is awesome with 550HP.